Our family is Sri Lankan, and because of that many people assume our family doesn't celebrate Christmas...let me just stop you there, and say this..."Christmas is a BIG BIG BIG deal in our family!" It is the one day a year that we all just hang out together the whole day and eat, open gifts, watch movies, etc.
This year was different because for the first time I hosted Christmas at my house, rather than us having it at mom and dad's, like we do every year. At first I thought, no big deal....just need to clean up a little, and then cook a few things. Yeah right!! I decorated for a week non stop, cooked for 3 days non stop, cleaned for about 3 days non stop, and then got up after having 2 hours of sleep to cook a ham for 4 hours! Lol!
All the little details are things that really matter to us. That Mickey was my sister's birthday present a million years ago. We got it on sale at Eckerd...yeah don't feel bad if you have no idea what that is...they aren't around anymore....Our stockings are at least 10 years old, we got them when my brother got married, the snowflake stocking holders were bought around the same time, the bears on either end of the mantle are from Starbucks circa 2004...and the list goes on and on....
I may sound like I am complaining...but I can assure you that I am not! I would have not have it any other way! My family is EVERYTHING to me. They have been my rock and my fortress my whole life, and I would be lost without them!
This was a first...my mother showed up in a sari for family Christmas pictures! If you know all of us, even though we only do pictures once a year, we all usually come looking very casual...like you have to really convince all of us to put jeans on. Given the option, we probably would show up in sweat pants or yoga pants! LOL! At any rate, mama looked beautiful, and I am glad she still honors our Sri Lankan heritage.
My brother and his lovely wife!
My sister and my favorite brother-in-law! LOL!
The original Wijesinghe crew
The best part of all, our little nephew came to visit us with his parents!
I am thankful for the amazing family that I am a part of, and I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!